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Irish Trees: Myth, Legend and Folklore Paperback – 1 Apr 2003

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press; First Paperback Edition. edition (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903464331
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903464335
  • Product Dimensions: 23.7 x 15.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,144,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Attractive and deeply informative book' Sunday Tribune 'One of the first feelings that come to mind upon opening the pages of Irish Trees: Myths, Legends and Folklore is ... at last!' Wild Ireland 'An exhaustive compendium' Irish Examiner 'Excellent book with super illustration' Bray People

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Name the five Great Trees of Ireland? What trees are most often found beside holy wells or cemeteries? Which tree gave the Red Branch Knights of Ulster their name?

Ancient Ireland was once heavily wooded and a squirrel could travel from Cork to Killarney without touching the ground. So it is no surprise that the mythology and folklore of trees were part of everyday life. A sprig of mountain ash tied to the tails of livestock kept the fairies from harming them. A staff of blackthorn was the best to have when out walking at night to ward off evil spirits.

This book, beautifully illustrated in specially-commissioned watercolours by Grania Langrishe, brings together the myths, legends and folklore associated with the native Irish trees. There are two main themes: the tree as a marker of important places, such as a royal site or holy well, and the role of different trees as sources of magical power in folk customs and traditions. Many 'powers' were common to different trees in spheres as diverse as fertility, magic, and the tree as a link between this world and the spiritual.

Indeed trees had such influence the creators of the Ogham alphabet named each letter after a tree based on the seasonal cycle of trees, and the link between each letter and its tree is described here. Finally, the author presents an Ogham calendar with each month named after the tree most closely associated with it.

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4.0 out of 5 starsLots of scholarship, some excessive speculation
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